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The Marine Corps is known for its heroes, and Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller has long been considered the greatest of them all. His assignments and activities covered an extraordinary spectrum of warfare. Puller mastered small unit guerrilla warfare as a lieutenant in Haiti in the 1920s, and at the end of his career commanded a division in Korea. In between, he chased Sandino in Nicaragua and fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, and Peleliu.

With his bulldog face, barrel chest (which earned him the nickname Chesty), gruff voice, and common touch, Puller became - and has remained - the epitome of the marine combat officer. At times Puller's actions have been called into question - at Peleliu, for instance, where, against a heavily fortified position, he lost more than half of his regiment. And then there is the saga of his son, who followed in Chesty's footsteps as a marine officer only to suffer horrible wounds in Vietnam (his book, Fortunate Son, won the Pulitzer Prize). 

Jon Hoffman has been given special access to Puller's personal papers as well as his personnel record. The result will unquestionably stand as the last word about Chesty Puller.

©2001 Jon T. Hoffman (P)2018 Tantor

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Great book great man good read

Man this is a long book. But interest in every chapter. Great tactical and strategic views of the major Pacific battles. Bang bang person to person battles plus the politics of the war. Hard to believe that a man can be part of so many battles. Top that with a faithful wife and kids I really enjoyed this book and now understand why he is reviered in the USMC

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A Marine's Marine

In my search for leadership biographies, this one really touched home as a fellow Marine. Chesty's name is forever etched in our hearts and his guidance will never fade if America wants her Marines. Semper Fi Chesty.

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a grandfatherly narration

the story expounded on "Marine" and included only facts. narrator read like he was a grandfather reading me a bed time story. I liked it

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Excellent biography of a great man

Very well written. The author is an honest broker. I highly recommend this book. It is my hope and prayer that mini boys and young men read this book to give them directions as to how to be a real man.

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OUTSTANDING

This was a great book about a great Marine and Marine Corps legend. I have read the book Marine but found this book to get into more detailed information about Chesty. I found the narrator to be perfect and he held my attention. The sadest part of the book was when Chesty said goodbye to his son and when he returned home from Vietnam. As tough as he was, Chesty had a heart of gold, his love and affection for his family was something many people did not know.

I met his son Lewis Jr at a Marine Corps birthday ball at Camp Smith, NY around the late 1980s. I sat at the same table with him and it was an honor to know him. We spoke about Vietnam but not his injuries or his father. I was very saddened when Lewis Jr took his own life, but I noticed at the Ball he was quite depressed. I attended his burial and and to this day think of him often knowing he is at his fathers side in heaven.

This is a must read book about the life of LtGen Chesty Puller. Rest in peace Chesty and Lewis Jr, slow hand salute. Semper Fi.

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Absolutely superb

This is a great listen about a truly great warrior, family man and most of all the true image of a MARINE. I loved this audiobook. It was exceptionally written and very hard to stop listening to. The book was brilliantly done and anyone who sincerely likes military autobiographies will greatly appreciate CHESTY. My Thanks to Colonel Hoffman for doing a great job with this book and many thanks to Cheery and his family for helping to preserve and protect america and the men of the U.S. Marine Corps. Just a great individual, man and patriot. May he rest in eternal peace.

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The highest praise you can muster.

I listened to this book driving to and from work. Most days, I have great difficulty turning it off, after I park. The narrator,
Mr. Sean Runnette, speaks clearly and in a measured voice. He is not boring, nor slow. Measured. His name will not escape my notice, in the future.

I fear my very positive review of the tome would exceed even the hours and pages, so generously provided by the author publisher and narrator.

First, I understand Lt. Gen Puller's difficulty with formal education. Early on, he was imbued with the importance of an education. No doubt he would learn much, but, an education would be the path, to a life of meaning and consequence. However, sitting in a classroom, listening to topics of no interest and reading books that would put the most energetic body to sleep, was not for him. No doubt he looked out of the windows and imagined a more active learning environment. The Infantry School at Ft. Benning was the only formal military school he finished.(As of Chapter 19) He did much better as an instructor at The Basic School.

His interaction with Civil War veterans made an indelible mark on Lt. Gen. Pullers view of war. Young Puller approached the US Marine Corp the same way he approached every challenge in life. But, it wouldn't be an eight second ride at the rodeo. Puller was going to be a commissioned officer in the Marines, no matter how long it took the Marines to understand that. Haiti and Nicaragua were Chesty's laboratories. America and the US Marine Corp owe much thanks to the Sandino's and Cacao's. Lt. Gen. Puller learned tactics, leadership and planning in Haiti and Nicaragua and it served him well in his pre-war China billets.

Guadalcanal, New Britain and Pelelieu are non stop action. Be advised, you will want to have historical maps or Google Earth at a minimum, to follow the story. Wikipedia provides some ancillary details and pictures of Puller's subordinates, contemporaries and senior officers. As I listen to this book, Puller was as tough on his enlisted men as he had to be. His experience made that clear. As he advanced in seniority, he let his Junior Officers(JOs) know, their loyalty was to their men and tough training would be the key to organizational success. No matter who Chesty outranked, his persona rarely changed towards his superiors. Especially, if they had something he needed to complete his mission. If assistance was not forthcoming, he would lead from the front and guide his battalion or regiment to the goal. There were two choices in Lt. Gen. Puller's world. His side or the other side.

A word on vocabulary. "Outfit". I served 20 years in the Navy. My grandfather, also a Navy man, would use that word a lot, especially if he referenced his WWII experience, with his buddies. I can't recall the term "outfit" during my service. It was always "unit".

A word on training sub-ordinates. Chesty took more than a passing interest in training the members of his outfit. Today, all personal training is done by NCOs.

I must stop here. I'm just now getting to the Inchon landing.

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This is a book written by a Marine, about a Marine, for Marines. A quarter of the book is about Chesty Puller. The major amount of the book is about the battles he was in. It is not just a straight biography.

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Amazing story of a Legend

Best book I've listened to in a long time. In usmc boot camp (2002) we were taught to say good night to Chesty in the rack every night. He is a Legend among marines. Great book!

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Great Book

A fair and detailed account of a legend. I loved everything about it! The story was always moving, it never dulled!